STURBRIDGE, Mass. (Feb. 25, 2014) – Historical fiction writer Sally Cabot Gunning will speak at Old Sturbridge Village on March 6, as part of the OSV Overseers’ Distinguished Speaker Series. The presentation will focus on Cabot Gunning’s latest book, Benjamin Franklin's Bastard, which brings to life a little-known chapter of the American Revolution—the story of Benjamin Franklin and his bastard son, and the women who loved them both. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 7:00 p.m., and the evening includes a reception with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Preregistration is required, and tickets for the event are $10 per person and $8 for members. Additional event details are available at www.osv.org.
A renowned historical fiction writer, Sally Cabot Gunning has authored The Widow's War, The Rebellion of Jane Clarke, and more. Her latest book, Benjamin Franklin’s Bastard, has been called "spellbinding reading" by Booklist and "intriguing historical fiction" by Kirkus Reviews. The book tells the story of William Franklin, who was born in secret to his father's favorite mistress and raised by Benjamin Franklin's wife. Benjamin's bastard son became Royal Governor of New Jersey, and despite his father's passionate defense of the patriot cause, he remained a steadfast loyal subject.
“When I first read about William Franklin, Benjamin’s bastard son, and I learned that the identity of the child’s mother had never been unearthed, it was as if someone had handed me a familiar puzzle with several key pieces suddenly missing. I wanted to find those missing pieces, complete the picture, and gaze at it as a whole,” says Cabot Gunning. A poignant tale of passion, family, love, and war, Benjamin Franklin’s Bastard skillfully brings into focus a cast of amazing characters drawn from real life and vividly recreates one of the most remarkable and thrilling periods of history––the birth of the American nation.
Old Sturbridge Village is one of the largest living history museums in the nation, celebrating life in early New England from 1790 to 1840. Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., OSV is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. The Village offers lodging at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges and several dining options on-site. For more details, visit www.osv.org or call 800-SEE-1830.
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